Dozens of workers have been involved in a six-year project that cost $100 million to replace Ohio’s highest bridge, the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge across the Little Miami River on Interstate 71.
Who was the man the bridge was named after?
• Jeremiah Morrow, one of Warren County’s most notable early statesmen, who served the state as a legislator, political leader and the ninth governor of Ohio.
• Morrow was born in Adams County, Pa., on Oct. 6, 1771. The oldest of nine children of a Scotch-Irish family, he grew up on a farm only a few miles from Gettysburg. Morrow moved to the Northwest Territory in 1795 to eventually settle in Warren County.
• His neighbors elected him to the territorial legislature in 1801 as Ohio was preparing for statehood and was selected to be the state’s first U.S. Congressman following Ohio’s admittance to the Union. He also served as a U.S. Senator as well as a state senator and representative.
• He served two gubernatorial terms - elected in 1822 and 1824. In that time, he was instrumental in improving Ohio’s transportation infrastructure, which included the development of the two canal systems linking Lake Erie to the Ohio and Miami rivers.
• He also served as first president of the Little Miami Railroad from 1837 to 1845. He spent his final years at his home near Lebanon, running a saw and gristmill and participating in local politics as a township trustee, school director and superintendent of roads.
Source: Ohio Department of Transportation
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